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Environment Minister appears before MPs to discuss post-Brexit chemicals regulation, water quality and recycling

25 November 2022

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow will appear before the Environmental Audit Committee next week. It is her first appearance back before the EAC since she was reappointed a minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), a role which saw her take the Environment Bill through the House of Commons.

The evidence session is likely to predominantly focus on progress implementing the UK REACH regulatory framework for the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals in Great Britain following Brexit. This follows up on previous EAC intervention on the issue in September 2020. To inform the questioning of this evidence session, the EAC sought stakeholder views in a call for evidence, with written submissions published today.

The EAC is also likely to discuss the Government’s policy around improving water quality, such as on nutrient neutrality, following recommendations made within the EAC’s report earlier this year on Water quality in rivers. Water scarcity and experiences from this summer’s heatwave is also likely to be raised, as will the Government’s plans to establish a deposit return scheme.

Witnesses

Wednesday 30 November in Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Environmental Quality and Resilience), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Dr Richard Daniels, Director of Chemicals Regulation, Health and Safety Executive
  • Amira Amzour, Deputy Director, Water Quality, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Gabrielle Edwards, Deputy Director, Chemicals, Pesticides and Hazardous Waste, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Further information

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